The Indian Startup ecosystem is basking in a golden period. Many entrepreneurs are swiftly innovating and building in India for the world – thus partaking in the flourishing India growth story. Therefore, it becomes more pertinent that they have the right resources and opportunities at the right time to take the big leap and thrive.
With this intent, IDFC FIRST Bank has joined hands with Moneycontrol and CNBCTV18 to create ‘Leap To Unicorn’ - a one-of-its-kind Founder Success Program that provides mentoring, networking, and fundraising opportunities for India’s most promising startups through a meticulously planned journey. GET FUNDED
Has invested in and mentored over 200 companies, including Agrostar, BlueStone, BookMyShow, Clevertap, EatFit, and others. Member of the Government of India's National Startup Advisory Council. Recently, he also co-founded the $500 million ACT Grants fund to provide financial assistance to startups.
Has 14+ years of global experience across FinTech, E-Commerce, Digital Payments, and Mobile technologies. His platform "GetVantage" has funded over 500+ start-ups. He also mentors and serves on the boards of several leading startups, including BnT Fintech, Vested Finance, Blue Tokai, and LivingFood Company.
Helped close over 120+ funding rounds and investments into 35+ different funds across private equity and public markets. He is an Expert Council Member at iSpirt, IVAC youngest executive council member and was named in Forbes India's list of "Tycoons of Tomorrow" in 2021.
A serial entrepreneur and angel investor who has funded and mentored multiple startups through her various companies and venture funds. She is also a member of the Karnataka Digital Economy Mission's (KDEM) Advisory Council and is passionate about assisting entrepreneurs in finding the right opportunities.
Invested in over 80 startups in India, the US, and Southeast Asia, including notable names like Unacademy and Pepper Content and Building Haptik, which was later acquired by Reliance. Aakrit has a strong foothold in the Indian tech space.
The registrations have been evaluated and the selected startups have been announced. It’s time to prepare India’s top startups for funding success, as the next stage of Leap To Unicorn begins.
From founding one of India’s first unicorns to becoming an icon of meritorious achievement, the journey of V Vaidyanathan, MD & CEO, IDFC FIRST Bank, illustrates the power of belief and selflessness. Listen to the legend himself talk about the core values that have helped him rise above challenges and his passion to support other startups in their journey.
IDFC FIRST Bank is committed to supporting and strengthening the Indian Startup ecosystem and is invested in creating a platform for startups that promotes sustained growth. Under the FIRST Wings startup banking programme, we offer a suite of customized offerings including bespoke products and solutions for startups, founders, and investors.Visit here
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